Examining the Rehab Clinician's Role in Addressing Sexuality

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Step Status
Starts On: 11/10/2023: 12:00 AM
Ends On: 11/10/2025: 12:00 AM
Session Type: Internet Activity Enduring Material
Credits: 1


Emily Cahalan, OTR/L, CLT, CBIS
Emily is an OT with almost fifteen years experience in the field, having graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2010. Emily is passionate about inpatient rehabilitation and specifically lymphedema therapy in this (underserved) space. In her (limited) spare time, Emily has started accepting OTD Capstone students to do her part in further promoting the advancement of OT in the rehab world.
Disclosures: No financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

Michael A. Boeving, MD is the Medical Director at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (an affiliation of BJC HealthCare and Encompass Health).
Dr. Boeving has no financial relationships to disclose.
Elissa Charbonneau, DO, MS is the Chief Medical Officer of Medical Services at Encompass Health.
Dr. Charbonneau has no financial relationships to disclose.
Tedra Cleveland, MSHA, MBA is the National Director of Medical Services at Encompass Health.
Ms. Cleveland has no financial relationships to disclose.
Richard C. Senelick, MD is an Adjunct Professor of Neurology.
Dr. Senelick has no financial relationships to disclose
Joseph Stillo, MD, PhD is Vice President of Medical Services, Encompass Health.
Dr. Stillo has no financial relationships to disclose.
Barbara Winters-Todd, RN, MSN, CRRN is a Director of Clinical Excellence Informatics at Encompass Health Corporation.
Ms. Winters-Todd has no financial relationships to disclose.

Objectives: The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge/competence, and upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Address how to discuss this sensitive area using the PLISSIT model
  • Examine commonly seen conditions and their effect on sexuality
    Review interventions and resources to provide to patients and to the multidisciplinary team
  • Discuss setting up a task force to ensure sexuality can be addressed effectively within the inpatient rehab setting
Additional Information: Target Audience: This course is designed for geriatricians, family and emergency physicians and nurse practitioners. May also be of interest to physician assistants and other allied health professionals who encounter geriatric patients in a health care setting.

Publication Date: November 10, 2023
Expiration Date: November 10, 2025
Accreditation Information:
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by EncompassHealth Corporation and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Awarded for this Activity:

Credit Statement:
American Medical Association (AMA Credit)
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC Credit)
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 ANCC contact hour.

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE Credit)
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

References: 1. Breithart, D. (2022). Sexuality: The most overlooked ADL. https://www.myotspot.com/sexuality-the-most-overlooked-adl/
2. Fruhauf, S., Gerger, H., Schmidt H. M., Munder, T., & Barth, J. (2013). Efficacy of psychological interventions for sexual dysfunction: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 915-933. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-012-0062-0
3. Hanafy, S., Amodio, V., Haag, L. H., Colquhoun, H., Lewko, J., Quilico, E., Riopelle, R., Archambault, P., Colantonio, A., & Lindsay, S. (2022). Is it prime time for sex and gender considerations in traumatic brain injury? Perspectives of rehabilitation care professionals. Disability and Rehabilitation, 44(5), 684-692. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1774670
4. McGrath, M., & Sakellariou, D. (2016). Why has so little progress been made in the practice of occupational therapy in relation to sexuality? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.017707
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6. Moynihan, E. (n.d.). Vaginismus physical therapy: Pelvic physical therapy vaginal dilators. https://www.urevolution.com/blogs/magazine/physical-therapy-for-vaginismus/?fbclid=IwAR0URbBYmWJfac8yJY2MbphMaiD1k6LSgW_VcXgdjYqDmjBcxGHqtQP9UJ4
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  • Speaker

    Emily Cahalan, OT, ARC Seminars


    Anastasia Turner, Medical Services Coordinator, Encompass Health
    Tedra Cleveland, MBA; MSHA, Encompass Health
    Category: Encompass Health Courses, Other


    AMA: 1.00
    ANCC: 1.00
    Attendance: 1.00
    IPCE: 1.00

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